The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association has submitted comments to the SEC to assist the regulatory group with its upcoming six-month study of the obligations of investment advisors and broker dealers.
“They’ve gotten a robust amount of responses and will go through them as part of the study,” said Andrew DeSouza, a SIFMA spokesman, in a phone interview. “We’ll continue to be engaged in this process.”
After the study, which was mandated as part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the SEC is likely to move into the rule-making process, DeSouza says.
“There should be more comment periods, generally with draft rules, which will be open to public comment for 30 to 90 days. Next, there could be another draft rule with a comment period or a final rule,” he explained.
SIFMA “has been very vocal on this issue for the past year and will continue to do so as the process moves forward,” DeSouza said.
The industry group has generally supported a single standard of care to protect retail investors getting advice from stockbrokers and investment advisors.
In its August 30 comment letter to the SEC, SIFMA stressed the following priorities: